Monthly Archives: April 2012

Potteric Carr

We seem to be a little bit stuck on the Old Moor and Potteric Carr theme at the moment but that’s not a bad thing the nature at both sites is excellent and Potteric Carr wasn’t to disappoint today. It wasn’t long after arrival, near the Decoy Hide, that our ears were blasted by a Cettis Warbler from the bush near the pathway and after a bit of patience we managed to get some good views of this secretive warbler. Black-headed Gulls in abundance and seen from anywhere to roamed.

Beeston Hide after our dinner in the vain hope of catching the sound of the Bittern which had been booming over the last few days, alas we were beaten, after half an hour we gave in seeing only Pochard, Greylag Geese, Reed Bunting with Reed Warbler calling from the Phragmites, staying well hidden as they tend to do, we moved next door to the Willow Pool hide thinking we should hear the booming Bittern there if it decides to wake up. There was a bit more action here with the comings and goings to the feeders with Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Willow Tit and Coal Tit making an appearance, we also enjoyed Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Wren, Dunnock, Reed Warbler, Magpie, Pheasants, Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Mallards and a male Great Spotted Woodpecker from our advantage point another grand day out.

Great Spotted Woodpecker ♂

Old Moor RSPB

Another trip down to Manvers to call into Old Moor RSPB  with hopefully a few warblers knocking about. On departing from the car on arrival we were greeted by a Common Whitethroat from the nearby bush, good start in then to the reserve itself stopping off at the feeders whilst we waited for the rest of the group to gather. From here we saw Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Robin, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Reed Bunting enough comings and goings whilst we waited.
Greenfinch ♂

When the group had formed we made our way to the family hide from here we saw Black-headed Gulls, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Coot, Moorhen, Great Crested Grebes, .

After a while in the family hide we slowly made or way on to the Wader Scrape hide where we did see a couple of waders, there were a number of Lapwings, an Oystercatcher and a few Redshank


From here we also added Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebe, we added Teal from the Field Pool Hide and caught up with Swallow over the Dragonfly ponds as we made our way back to the cafe for dinner. Buzzard we saw on our travel back home when it came over the Motorway

The Day list in No particular order :-

Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch,Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Woodpigeon, Pheasant, Black-headed Gull, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Lapwing, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wren, Buzzard, Blackbird, Starling, Crow, Jackdaw, Gadwall, Swallow

Patch Trip

With a phone call from a friend on the 12th my mind was made up as to where I was going on the 13th….Cheesegate Nab why? Ring Ouzels had made a return to one of their stop off points whilst migrating. Ten  minutes after arriving and clocking site of Curlew, Linnet, Kestrel, Skylark, Green Woodpecker on my way I had found five male Ring Ouzels, they were distant and didn’t come further down the hillside whilst I was there, I did manage a distant photo.

Ring Ouzel

I made a return journey along a road that is visited by Wheatears on migration alas I didn’t see any so they must be lagging behind somewhere. With an unexpected phone I had to cut my watching a bit short this week but not before catching a few photos of Pied Wagtails on my thru the Broadstones area

Pied Wagtail

It was good also to hear the sound of Willow Warblers back on their local breeding grounds, not many bird species today but it was good to hear Willow Warblers again and see Ring Ouzels on migration…is summer making a return???

Potteric Carr

Family day out once again out to our favourite place near Doncaster the YWT flagship reserve in Potteric Carr.  On arrival we were greeted by a fine male Blackcap singing out his presence around the visitor centre area the Decoy hide gave us Black-headed Gulls, Tufted Duck, Shelduck, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose and a Cettis Warbler. We then moved off  to the cafe for dinner after which it was the turn of the Willow Pool hide where we saw usual Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Willow Tit, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Pheasant and Moorhen.

Hawthorn Bank Hide was our last port of call where we were soon put on to a splendid Male Garganey, he did spend most of his time hidden in and amongst the reed base but came out nw and again to say he was still there. Whilst here we picked up a few Sand Martins moving thru

List in no particular order 🙂

Gadwall, Mallard, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Chaffinch, Blackcap, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Black-headed Gull, Cettis Warbler, Mute Swan, Jackdaw, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Coal Tit, Willow Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Reed Bunting, Magpie, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, Shoveler, Teal, Lapwing, Sand Martin, Garganey

Black-headed Gull